Chinese City to Expand Border Facilities With North Korea

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FA antheral   points astatine  the New Yalu River Bridge designed to link  China's Dandong New Zone and North Korea's Sinuiju, successful  Dandong, Liaoning province, China April 20, 2021. Picture taken April 20, 2021.  (Tingshu Wang/Reuters, File Photo)

FA antheral points astatine the New Yalu River Bridge designed to link China's Dandong New Zone and North Korea's Sinuiju, successful Dandong, Liaoning province, China April 20, 2021. Picture taken April 20, 2021. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters, File Photo)

The Chinese metropolis of Dandong aims to physique much facilites astatine its borderline crossing with North Korea arsenic the 2 countries resumed cross-border obstruction freight traffic, media reported, fuelling anticipation of the implicit reopening of the borderline soon.

North Korea unopen its borders successful January 2020, 1 of the archetypal countries to bash truthful aft cases of COVID-19 corruption were reported successful neighboring China, its astir important commercialized partner.

The Chinese authorities has besides been wary successful opening its borders to different countries.

A Dandong authorities procurement tender announcement dated Nov. 1 invites companies to bid for the absorption of operation astatine the larboard of introduction astatine the New Yalu River Bridge, a vehicular dual-carriageway connecting Dandong with the North Korean municipality of Sinuiju.

The bidding announcement did not specify what facilities are to beryllium built connected the Dandong-side, lone that the winning institution would beryllium liable for managing the full process of construction, from readying to operation to inspection and evaluation.

Meanwhile, trains from Dandong resumed obstruction freight shipments crossed the Yalu River borderline to North Korea connected Monday, the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia reported, citing unidentified sources.

The resumption of obstruction freight would mean supplies of commercialized goods and assistance for North Korea arsenic it grapples with an economical situation and what overseas analysts judge is simply a superior nutrient shortage.

The caller span implicit the Yalu has ne'er been utilized since operation was completed a fewer years agone due to the fact that facilities connected the North Korean broadside person yet to beryllium built.

On the Chinese side, a customs gathering and analyzable of residential and commercialized facilities person been built.

North Korea has for years relied connected China for oil, fertilizer, and mechanical parts to enactment afloat amid U.N. sanctions implicit its atomic and rocket program. China accounts for much than 90 percent of its trade.

By Yew Lun Tian

Reuters

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